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50 for 50 | National Medal of Honor Museum

In October 2019, North Texas became the future home of the National Medal of Honor Museum. After a year-long national search, Arlington was selected by the Foundation’s Board of Directors as location to build America’s next national treasure which will be located in the Entertainment District near Arlington’s Globe Life Field and AT&T Stadium. The first national museum of its kind is scheduled to open to the public in 2024.

Over 40 million men and women have served in our U.S. Armed Forces, however, fewer than 4,000 have been awarded the Medal of Honor. The Medal of Honor - symbol of heroism, valor, and patriotism - is the most prestigious award bestowed upon a member of the Armed Services of the United States, and the Museum will honor the legacies of these brave men - and one woman - and inspire future generations. Today, there are only 69 living Medal of Honor recipients.

It makes sense for the National Medal of Honor Museum to call North Texas its home. Patriotism runs deep in our region and in Texas. In fact, almost 1.8 million active-duty military and veterans currently call Texas home and there are more than 200,000 veteran-owned businesses in North Texas. When the opportunity arose for Arlington to be considered, they rallied leaders from across the region to present a compelling case to the Foundation board. In addition to the esteemed host committee members, the effort could not have been successful without the support of the Hon. Jeff Williams, Arlington Mayor; Congressman Roger Williams; Congressman Marc Veasey; the late Congressman Ron Wright; Michael Jacobson, Greater Arlington Chamber President; Ron Price, Arlington, CVB; Ray Davis, Texas Rangers; Jerry Jones, Dallas Cowboys; and Chris Wallace, North Texas Commission.

The National Medal of Honor Museum and Leadership Institute will provide an unrivaled visitor experience with state-of-the-art permanent, interactive experiences and rotating exhibitions. Serving as a national landmark, the Museum will illustrate the historical thread of sacrifice, patriotism and courage that runs through all U.S, military service members, past and present. The Leadership Institute at the National Medal of Honor Museum will provide dynamic programming, lecture series, workshops, conferences, and include an education center aimed at character development in our nation’s youth. A critical part of the museum’s mission will be to use the stories of Medal of Honor recipients to inspire Americans of all ages and motivate them to live a life of service.

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